Shawls

Loops Amore Shawl

When I was the Knit Doctor at the first-ever Loops retreat in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ross of Dye For Knitting created a colorway called Loops Loves Ann. I was so touched that I asked Ross to dye a semi-solid teal to pair with it, which is aptly named Ann Loves Loops.

This shallow crescent shawl begin with a 3-stitch tab around which stitches are picked up and worked in a parter-stripe pattern, which is followed by a classic two-color brioche rib, and ends with the colors reversed for the brioche leaf edging.

The shape is achieved by increasing 6 stitches (3 stitches at each end of the needle) every 2 rows in the garter-stripe pattern, and 6 stitches every 8 rows in the brioche rib pattern.

The Italian method (also known as K1, P1 Tubular method) is used for the smooth bind-off.

Warm Embrace Crescent

Every aspect of this shawl was designed to invoke the comfort of a warm hug. The crescent shape surrounds shoulders, this stitch patterns all involve groups or clusters of stitches, and the yarn color is called Group Hug.

This shawl begins with a narrow garter-stitch tab from which stitches are picked up around three edges. To achieve the crescent shape, two stitches are increased inside each edge every right-side row and one stitch is increased inside each edge every wrong-side row. A modified picot bind-off produces tiny points along the lower edge.

Both charted and row-by-row instructions are provided.

A KAL in Support of Alzheimer’s Research

As more of my friends and family become victim to Alzheimer’s disease, I find myself more passionate about the fight against it. That’s why I’ve registered to take part on The Longest Day this summer to raise awareness (and hopefully a whole lot of funds) for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Longest Day is the day with the most light (the summer solstice), which will be June 20 this year. It’s also the day that the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support, and research. For my part, I’ll knit from sunrise (somewhere around 5:00 am) to sunset (somewhere around 9:00 pm) Mountain Standard Time.

 

I’ve designed a special project for this event. The Fading Memories crescent shawl (available on Ravelry) represents the increasing holes in the memories of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s, in a colorway inspired by The Longest Day logo.

For every Fading Memories pattern sold, I will donate $5 to Alzheimer’s research.

 

 

 

The yarn I used is The Mystery of The White Plum gradient kit of 6 mini skeins specially dyed by indie dyer Schmutzerella Yarns. The yarn is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon; there are 92 yards (20 grams) of each color for a total of 552 yards (120 grams). The Fading Memories shawl uses nearly all of the 552 yards in the gradient pack.

For every gradient pack sold (click here to order), Schmutzerella Yarns will donate $5 to Alzheimer’s.

 

I’m delighted to announce that other indie dyers and yarn shops have join in the fight by producing other yarns that work equally well for the Fading Memories shawl pattern.

Sun Valley Fibers has created a merino/cashmere/nylon gradient set of six 100-yard skeins (600 yards total) called The Longest Day.

Kits will initially be available at The Longmont Yarn Shoppe, in Longmont, Colorado, and later at www.SunValleyFibers.com.

For every gradient pack of The Longest Day sold, $10 will be donated to Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Emma’s Yarn, based at Four Purls Yarn Shop in Winter Haven, Florida, has dyed a special Hella Hank (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 600 yards). The color, called Bright Spot, is a reminder to look for the positive in any unfortunate situation.

For every skein of Bright Spot sold, $5 will be donated to Alzheimer’s.

 

 

The Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fibre Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington, is offering three yarn choices.
They will donate 10% of proceeds of each skein of the following yarns sold to Alzheimer’s if you mention the Fading Memories shawl.

Elemental Affects Civility (70% US merino, 30% mulberry silk; about 600 yards) in the special Fading Memories colorway.

Available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

Colinton Lace Blends (80% unbrushed mohair, 20% silk; 250 yards) in the Slate Variegated colorway.

You will need two to three skeins for the Fading Memories shawl shown above.

Colinton Lace Blends are only available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

 

Jorstad Creek has a three-skein set (600 yards total) of Ursa Minor fingering weight (75% superwash merino, 15% nylon, 10% silver stellina): 1 skein each of Silver, Lavendar, and Sapphire. The kit colorway is called Stardust Memories.

Available at The Bazaar Girls Yarn Emporium in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

On June 20 (the longest day of this year), I’ll knit another version of my Fading Memories shawl and track my hourly progress through Instagram posts. Follow me at annbuddknits. Better yet, join me in the knit-a-long and support these yarn shops and indie dyers while donating to a great cause!

Either way, please visit my fundraising page and make a donation. You don’t have to wait until June to give — funds are welcome right now.

Thank you.

Fading Memories Shawl

The Fading Memories shawl was designed as my 2020 project for The Longest Day, a fundraiser sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research. The idea is that participants engage in a favorite activity from sunrise to sunset on June 20, the longest day of the year. On this day I’ll knit another version of the shawl shown here and post my hourly progress on Instagram (annbuddknits).

This crescent-shaped shawl begins with a narrow garter-stitch tab from which stitches are picked up around three edges. To achieve the crescent shape, two stitches are increased inside each edge stitch every right-side row and one stitch is increased inside each edge stitch every wrong-side row. A modified picot bind-off produces tiny points along the lower edge.

The yarn shown here is a Morphing Mini 6-Pack dyed in The Mystery of the White Plum colorway by Schmutzerella Yarns based on the purple color in The Longest Day logo. The Morphing Mini pack grades from purple to pale gray to represent the fading memories of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s (kits are available for pre-order at www.schmutzerellayarns.com) The shawl is worked from the darkest shade to the lightest. The stitch pattern also grades from predominately stockinette stitch to progressively more eyelets to represent the increasing holes in those memories.

For every pattern sold, I will donate $5 to Team Ann Budd Knits at www.alz.org. For every kit of The Mystery of the White Plum sold, an additional $5 will be donated by Schmutzerella Yarns.

A number of yarn shops have agreed to donate the proceeds from sales of the following specially dyed purplish yarn to Alzheimer’s Research as well.
Jorstad Creek Ursa Minor in Stardust Memories (available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)
Emma’s Yarns Hella Hank in Bright Spot (available at Four Purls in Winter Haven, FL)
Sun Valley Fibers Merino/Cashmere/Nylon Fingering in The Longest Day (initially only available at The Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Longmont, CO)
Colinton Australia Lace Blends in Slate Variegated (available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)
Elemental Affects Civility in Fading Memories (initially only available at The Bazaar Girls in Port Townsend, WA)

A Whole Lotta Love!

When I was the Knit Doctor at the first-ever retreat sponsored by LoopsLove in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last January, Ross of Dye For Knitting created a colorway in my honor called Loops Loves Ann. I was so touched that I asked Ross to dye a semi-solid to pari with it, which I asked him to name Ann Loves Loops. I combined the two in the brioche shawl shown here, which I’ve called Loops Amore Shawl.

This two-color shallow crescent shawl begins with a 3-stitch garter-stitch tab around which stitches are picked up and worked for a few inches in a garter-stripe pattern. The pattern then shifts to classic two-color brioche rib and ends with the colors reversed for a brioche lace edging.

The shape is achieved by increasing 6 stitches (3 stitches at each end of the needle) every 2 rows in the garter-stripe pattern, then 6 stitches every 8 rows in the brioche rib pattern. I used the Italian method (also known as the K1, P1 Tubular or Invisible Rib method) for a smooth bind-off along the lower slightly scalloped edge.

The reversible shawl has all the squishy appeal of brioche and it stays put on the shoulders.

You can purchase a kit from Loops for just $54.99, which includes the pattern and two skeins of each of the two colors in three possible colorways.

You can also buy the individual Loops Amore Shawl pattern on Ravelry. Use the coupon code LOVE FEST to receive 20% off the Ravelry purchase price between now and midnight Saturday, February 9.

 

Rumpelstiltskin Wrap

The idea for this wrap solidified while I was teaching at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns in Sayville, New York. In keeping with the name, I intended to work it in linen (i.e., straw), but I didn’t like the way the pattern showed up in such inelastic yarn. So, instead, I chose a beautiful gold lace-weight yarn in a scrumptious combination of silk and merino. The piece is worked as a long triangle, then two selvedges are sewed together, leaving a neck opening.

The pattern is easily memorized and can be worked successfully with a variety of yarns and gauges.
The wrap shown used up all of a single skein of Scrumptious Lace. Purchase two skeins and add more pattern repeats if you want a longer wrap. Every 13-stitch repeat added with lengthening the piece by about 1 3/4” (4.5 cm).